Finding True North: Pursuing happiness and empowerment on your terms
November 15, 2017 | 6:30pm | Vancity Theatre

The UBC Sauder School of Business and the Peter A. Allard School of Law invite you to celebrate the unique contributions UBC’s commerce and law grads have made to the world around them. UBC Sauder and Allard alumni will share through Pecha Kucha-style presentations how they have pursued happiness and empowerment on their own terms.

Additional information and list of speakers available here


Seminar on the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST)
November 2-3 & 9-10, 2017 | Allard Hall, Room 115 (except for afternoon of November 9: Room 335)

The LLM Program in Taxation at the Allard School of Law is pleased to be offering an intensive seminar course (Law 568) on the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST) this term. This is the first such course that has been offered at UBC, as well as one of the few courses on the important topic of indirect taxation offered at a Canadian university. The course is co-taught by John Bain, national indirect tax leader at KPMG (Toronto), Simon Proulx, indirect tax partner at KPMG (Toronto), and Wei Cui, Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law.

While the initial sessions of the course were held during the week of October 16, interested students are welcome to audit/attend sessions on November 2-3 and 9-10, when John, Simon and Wei will lead discussions on the statutory provisions, case law, and market practice surrounding the federal GST and provincial indirect taxes. No prior coursework in taxation is required for learning the subject of the course; all that is needed is interest in the topic of Canadian law on indirect taxation and willingness to follow the readings and discussions. A short course description can be found here.

Any student interested in auditing these sessions of the course should contact Michael Jud (jud@allard.ubc.ca) to obtain the reading material.

Bios of the instructors:
John Bain is a Partner based in Toronto and leads KPMG LLP’s Indirect Tax Practice in Canada. He is also the Americas Regional leader for indirect tax services in KPMG’s Global Network. John has more than 24 years of commodity tax experience both in Canada and the European Union and advises a wide array of clients on the application of Canadian and global indirect taxes and is principally focused on the financial, private equity and manufacturing sectors. He is a member of KPMG’s Global Indirect Tax steering committee, Past Chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Commodity Tax Committee and a participant in the GST Leaders Forum.

Simon Proulx is a Partner with the Indirect Tax Group of KPMG Canada in Toronto, and a J.D. graduate of U. of Toronto Law School. Simon advises some of the world’s largest insurers and banks on indirect tax compliance, product taxation and the GST/HST/QST impact of complex cross-border transactions. He is also one of Canada’s leading practitioners on the taxation of Fintech and the sharing economy. Before joining KPMG, Simon headed the HST policy group at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, and participated in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement between Canada and Ontario. Simon also spent several years practicing income tax with McCarthy Tétrault.

Wei Cui is Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law and a co-author of Value Added Tax: A Comparative Approach (2015), the Chinese translation of which will appear in 2017. He practiced U.S. tax law with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, launched the China tax practice of Clifford Chance (Beijing), and served as Senior Tax Counsel for the China Investment Corporation (2009-10). His recent research included critiques of the destination-based cash flow tax, a variant of the VAT that has come to be known as the Border Adjustment Tax since being promoted by U.S. House Republicans in 2016.


Rewriting rules of trade for North America – NAFTA 2018 and beyond
October 30, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm | Four Seasons Hotel, Arbutus Room, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

Join us on Monday, October 30, 2017 for a conversation about NAFTA renegotiations hosted by the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Canada, Mexico and the United States are engaged in a staggering process of renegotiation of a complex trade agreement. The three parties are trying to redesign the treaty in accordance with three different lists of economic and political priorities. The outcome of these negotiations will have significant impact on trade in North America. How will new NAFTA rebalance trade between the parties? What legal rules of NAFTA will be rewritten? How will disputes be resolved? Find out from our panelists:

Tina Cicchetti (Allard School of Law, class of 2000) practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). Ms. Cicchetti is also the Vice Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, a former President and a current Advisory Board member of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, a member of the ICDR Canadian Advisory Committee and a former member of the Regional Coordinating Committee of the North American Chapter of ICC’s Young Arbitrators’ Forum. In 2016, Ms. Cicchetti was appointed by the Canadian government as a member of the NAFTA 2022 Committee and invited by the Attorney General for British Columbia to join an Arbitration Advisory Group on legislative reform and promotion of Vancouver as a seat for international arbitration. She is also a member of the ITA Board of Reporters (Canada).

Andrew Newcombe is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. Professor Newcombe obtained his LLB from the University of Victoria and his LLM from the University of Toronto, where he worked with the International Arbitration and Public International Law groups at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. He currently teaches International Arbitration, International Trade Law, and Contracts. Among numerous publications, Professor Newcombe is the co-author of a leading treatise (Law and Practice of Investment Treaties: Standards of Treatment) and co-editor of Sustainable Development in World Investment Law. He is also Associate Editor (Case & Comment) for the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal, a contributor to the Investor-State Law Guide, and Canadian treaty editor for Investment Claims. In 2004, Professor Newcombe created ita (investment treaty arbitration), a leading international research website focused on international investment treaty law and arbitration.

Debra Steger is a Full Professor and Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Professor Steger obtained her LLB from the University of Victoria and her LLM from the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on international trade, investment, dispute settlement, international arbitration, and the governance of international organizations. Professor Steger was the first Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization from 1995-2001. She led a major research network as Scientific Director of the Emerging Dynamic Global Economies (EDGE) Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence devoted to responding to the challenges of the emerging economies in the changing global landscape. Professor Steger was also co-leader of the Canada-EU Trade Environment Technology Exchange (TETE), a major international collaborative initiative aimed at managing the interfaces among trade, environment and technology policies and encouraging regulatory cooperation related to the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ljiljana Biuković, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Professional Programs, and Associate Professor, Allard School of Law. Dr. Biuković teaches Contract Law, European Union Law, and Regional Integration in the Americas. Her research interests are in the areas of international economic law and European Union integration. She publishes regularly on topics of legal transplantation of international norms and standards by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations, mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and the development of European Union. At present, Dr. Biuković is a co-investigator in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative research project on Coordinated Compliance of International Trade Law and Human Rights funded by SSHRC. Her work focuses on the interaction between international trade rules and local human rights norms and practices in the context of performance of international trade agreements and cooperation among developing countries. Dr. Biuković currently supervises graduate students in the fields of international trade law and regional economic integration.

Registration: 5:00pm
Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm
Reception: 6:30-7:00pm

Registration required. This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit.


Allard Law & Business Society and Centre for Business Law Info Session & Networking 101
October 24, 2017 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Join us for tips on networking with business law employers and to find out more about Centre for Business Law programming.
Speakers: Curtis Chance & Ellie Rock, ALBS Co-Presidents and Chiara Woods, Executive Director, CBL.

Lunch will be provided.


Directors’ Risks in Light of Climate Change: What Should Directors Do? What Must Directors Do?
Vancouver: October 18, 2017 | 8:00am-4:00pm | Seasons Room, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia St. Toronto: October 20, 2017

Please join the Commonwealth Climate Law Initiative and the Peter A. Allard School of Law for the upcoming CCLI conference in Vancouver. This full day event will feature a variety of speakers, panelists, and discussions related to directors' risks in light of climate change.

The conferences will involve leading members of Canada's business, law and investment communities to discuss the liability risks to Canadian directors and companies from failing to take seriously the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, and to think through strategies to ameliorate those risks and to promote strong, facilitative governance and regulatory policies for both companies and investors. Discussions will address (a) boards' and investment trustees' fiduciary obligations to develop climate-resilient strategies; (b) securities disclosure requirements and liability risks; and (c) the best thinking on operationalizing Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy.

These conferences are being developed as part of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), a joint initiative originally founded in 2016 by three organisations: The University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Project, and ClientEarth. Since then, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia joined to become founding Canadian partners.

The Vancouver conference agenda is available here

This event qualifies for 6 CPD credits.

Information about the CCLI conference in Toronto on October 20, 2017 is available here.


Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism
October 17, 2017 | 12:30-2:00pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Professor Harry Glasbeek of Osgoode Hall Law School will visit Allard Hall to speak about his new book entitled Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism.

Read more here.

A light lunch will be served. 


Marke Raines Presentation
September 27, 2017 | 12:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 106

Presented by Allard Law External Relations and the Allard Law & Business Society

Marke Raines will discuss his experiences working in London as both a partner at international law firms and as a founder of his own finance law firm.

Mr. Raines is a 1979 UBC law graduate who practised with Stikeman Elliott in Ottawa and Toronto, took his LL.M. at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and then practised in London. Marke was a finance partner at Allen & Overy, London and at Shearman & Sterling, London. He set up his own financial law firm, Raines & Co, in 2011 with some former Clifford Chance finance partners. He teaches securitisation in the LL.M. programme at Queen Mary, University of London and is admitted to practice in Ontario, New York and England and Wales. 

Food will be provided. 


Muslims in Israel
September 20, 2017 | 12:00-1:30pm | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, 2500-700 W. Georgia Street

Mitchell H. Gropper QC, Law Faculty Exchange Program
Co-hosted by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem & the Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law

Qadi (Judge) Ahmed Natour has been an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Law since 2014 and is the first Muslim professor of law in Israel. He also taught at other universities in Israel, the U.S.A and Palestine. Prior to this, he served for two decades on the High Sharia Court of Appeals in the country. While serving as a Qadi (1985-2013) and President of the Sharia Court of Appeals (1994-2013), Natour made a significant contribution to the development of Sharia law in the courts and to its liberalization, especially in relation to the protection of the rights of women and minors. Natour has academic degrees from the Hebrew University (BA in Arabic Language, Literature and Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies; MA in Communication and Mass Media), Tel Aviv University (LLB and LLM in Law) and American University in Washington DC (SJD in Law).

Light Lunch included.

Space is limited, please RSVP to pmackenzie@allard.ubc.ca by September 13, 2017


Law Apps with Gary Cazalet (Melbourne Law School)
September 12, 2017 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Gary Cazalet, Senior Lecturer will discuss Law Apps, a law and technology subject that he teaches at the University of Melbourne Law School. In Law Apps, students partner with not for profit organisations to design and build web based applications that provide tailored legal information to the user. Gary will discuss the opportunities and challenges in teaching the subject in a rapidly changing legal world and demonstrate live applications. 

Read more here.

A light lunch will be served. 


Exploration of a New Regulatory Paradigm for the Advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
September 8, 2017 | 9:00am-7:00pm | Sheraton Wall Centre

co-hosted by the Centre for Law and Public Utilities, Seoul National University and the Centre for Business Law

Speakers will include:
- Professor James B. Speta, Northwestern University (US)
- Professor Karen Yeung, King's College London (UK)
- Professor Hans-Heinrich Trute, University of Hamburg (Germany)
- Professor Nadya Purtova, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
- Professor Cristie Ford, Allard School of Law (Canada)

By invitation only. 


Academic-Practitioner Roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law
July 21, 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | Sauder School of Business, UBC, 9th Floor, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver

The Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics is hosting an upcoming Academic-Practitioner Roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law. It will be a gathering of experts covering diverse topics related to the law as a driver of increased expectations for business responsibility. The event takes place on Friday July 21 from 2-5pm at UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver. The event is complimentary but space is limited. Please RSVP to christie.stephenson@sauder.ubc.ca to attend.

Click here for more information. 


Seminar: Whistleblowing Offices and Other Novel Regulatory Approaches in the Detection, Investigation and Deterrence of Fraudulent Practices
May 8, 2017 | 4:00-6:30pm | BC Hydro (333 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver)

Moderators: Joseph Weiler, Professor, Allard School of Law and Cristie Ford, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law.

Keynote Speaker: Heidi Franken, Chief, Office of the Whistleblower and Acting Deputy Director, Enforcement Branch at Ontario Securities Commission.

Panelists: Sean Boyle, Partner, Blakes (Vancouver); Ray Haywood, Director, Forensic Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Calgary & Toronto); Douglas Muir, Director, Enforcement, British Columbia Securities Commission; Jordan Thomas, Partner, Labaton Sucharow (New York). 

Description: This seminar, organized by the Centre for Business Law and the Anti Corruption Law Program at the Allard School of Law will explore recent initiatives in whistleblowing, with particular emphasis on the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC’s) Whistleblower Program, which came into effect in July 2016. Like its counterpart in the US, the OSC Whistleblower Program seeks to encourage the reporting of serious securities-related misconduct. Keynote speaker Heidi Franken, Chief, Office of the Whistleblower and Acting Deputy Director, Enforcement Branch at Ontario Securities Commission, will discuss the implementation of the program, including its origins and the early experience of this OSC initiative. A panel of discussants will respond to the concepts and issues raised by the keynote speaker. For more information please click here. Slides prepared by Heidi Franken as well as a summary of the seminar can be found here and here, respectively. 

Attendees eligible for 2 CPD credits.

No cost to attend but registration required. Please RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca


The Promises and Perils of India’s New Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
March 28, 2017 | 12:00-1:00pm | UBC Robson Square, Telus Boardroom (1.000), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Speaker: Professor Adam Feibelman, Associate Dean for Faculty of Research and Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School.

Commentary by: Dr. Janis Sarra, Presidential Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and Tevia Jeffries, Partner, Insolvency Group, Dentons Canada LLP.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. Lunch will be served. 


Professor Feibelman’s presentation will explore the promises and perils of India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. This new regime represents a dramatic change in the legal landscape for individual and commercial debtors, lenders, the judicial system, and insolvency professionals. At this early moment, there are reasons to believe the new Code will be a significant improvement over the previous regime. It should make the bankruptcy system operate in a more timely and predictable fashion, make credit markets more appealing for both both lenders and borrowers, and meaningfully expand protections for a significant segment of individual debtors in India from the debilitating costs and harms of financial distress. However the extent of these improvements depend crucially on a successful institutional transition and an evolution in how stakeholders conceive of the role of insolvency and bankruptcy law in their private dealings. 

Business Law Concentration Information Session
March 23, 2017 | 12:30-1:30 | Allard Hall, Room 121

Are you an Allard Law student passionate about business law? Attend this information session to learn more about the Business Law Concentration program.

Lunch will be provided.

Speakers include: Jon Conlin, Fasken Martineau LLP; Ilana Schrager, McMillan LLP, and Jennifer Horton (3L).



Who Owns the Past? Law, the Politics of Memory and the Israeli Supreme Court
March 17, 2017 | 12:00-1:30pm | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP (Main Boardroom)

Speaker: Professor Guy Pessach, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. A light lunch will be served. No cost to attend. Read more here.

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP: 2500-700 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver.

RSVP required by March 3, 2017 by email to vanc@cfhu.org

After the Fall(s) - Rewriting China's Securities Law and Regulation of the PRC Capital Markets
March 16, 2017 | 4:00-5:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 104

Organized by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Speaker: Nicholas Calcina Howson, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School

Read more here

RSVP required by email to cals@allard.ubc.ca

A Conversation with Robert Reich
March 1, 2017 | 12:30-2:00pm | Allard Hall, Franklin Lew Forum

The Centre for Business Law and the Liu Institute for Global Issues are very pleased to be welcoming Robert Reich to the Allard School of Law. Mr. Reich is visiting the University of British Columbia as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies. From January to April 2017, the focus of the series is The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses. The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is a dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC Vancouver which aims to address the most urgent issues of our time and invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to share their research and insights with students, faculty, alumni, and the community.

Dr. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and "Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "Saving Capitalism." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality for All. 

All welcome. No registration required.


Toward a Progressive Politics of Financial Regulation Workshop 
February 22-24, 2017 | Allard School of Law & Liu Institute for Global Issues

Chaired by Dr. Cristie Ford, this workshop brings together a small group of scholars from sociology and anthropology, business, and law, to focus on the relationships between financial institutions and financial markets, economic regulation (domestic and international), and progressive political priorities.

For a detailed description of the workshop, please click here.


Brexit: Legal Impact and Future Strategies for Canadian Businesses
February 15, 2017 | Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm | Reception: 6:30-7:00pm | Four Seasons Hotel (Chartwell Room)

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law & Alumni Relations 

Speakers:  Dr. Ljiljana Biukovic, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Professional Programs, Allard School of Law & Lorna Strong, Deputy General Counsel, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC in London, UK.

Please join Dr. Biukovic and alumna Lorna Strong (LLB’ 98) for an in depth conversation regarding the implications of Brexit for Canadian businesses and law firms, including those with a presence in the UK. Dr. Biukovic, an expert in international trade law and European Union law, and London based Ms. Strong, lead counsel for HSBC Global Trade & Receivables Finance, will provide an overview of the current situation, examine short and long term challenges and solutions, and consider the impact on global trade and the economy.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit.

Registration: $25 plus GST. No charge to attend for Allard School of Law students, faculty, and staff.

Transformation of the Public Company
January 17, 2017 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Classroom (Room 122)

Speaker: Brian Cheffins, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Professor Cheffins will discuss his work thus far on a project entitled Transformation of the Public Company. In the project, he analyzes how and why the U.S. public company, which has dominated the American economy since the beginning of the 20th Century, has been transformed since an era of "managerial capitalism" that prevailed in the 1950s and 1960s.  Particular emphasis will be placed on how changing market conditions, a reconfiguration of corporate governance arrangements, and legal reforms have altered the manner in which publicly traded companies are run.  Professor Cheffins’ project is scheduled to culminate in the publication of a book with Oxford University Press.  

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. A light lunch will be served.

All welcome. No registration required. 


Law & Technology Panel Event
January 13, 2017 | 8:30am-11:30am | Four Seasons Hotel (Arbutus Room)

Join the Centre for Business Law for a panel event focusing on the impact of technology on law, business, and the delivery of legal services.

Breakfast & networking: 8:30-9:00am | Panels: 9:00-11:30am

Panel 1: Expanding access to justice through the use of technology 

Chair & Moderator: Cristie Ford, Associate Professor & Director of the Centre for Business Law 


Steve McKoen, Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia & Partner, Blakes (Vancouver)  

Jamie McLaren, Executive Director, Access Pro Bono

Professor Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law

Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal 


A discussion of current technological innovations in legal practice that help increase access to justice for members of the public that cannot access traditional legal services. Perspectives from individuals on the front lines addressing access to justice issues in the non profit and public law sphere.

Panel 2: The Future of Law: The impact of technology on law, business, and the delivery of legal services.

Moderator: Jon Festinger, Adjunct Professor, Allard School of Law


Matthew Peters, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault (Vancouver)

Aron Solomon, LegalX, Law Made 

Corinne Zimmerman, General Counsel, Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Aboriginal Affairs)


A discussion of how technology is fundamentally transforming law, business, and the delivery of legal services including the impacts of technologies such as smart contracts, block chain, and artificial intelligence.

This event qualifies for 2 CPD credits. A continental breakfast will be served. 

Registration: $40 (General) | $20 (Non-Profit & Government) plus GST. No charge to attend for Allard School of Law students, faculty, and staff.